Why did the Democrat cross the aisle?

Five years ago, my friend and mentor Sue Clark-Johnson arranged for me to have a really special day. This week, Sue died far too young and far too quickly. As my friend Richard Morrison said, “Among many other accomplishments, she was a former Publisher of the Arizona Republic newspaper and the immediate past Director of the Morrison Institute of Public Policy. She worked tirelessly for Arizona. This is a sad day. While she was of a diminutive stature, she was a giant among us.” God bless you Sue.

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To eat the chalupa!

Let me explain. One of the highlights of my year was the opening of the O’Connor House. The 1950’s adobe ranch-style home was moved brick by brick to its new location behind the historical museum in Papago Park. I’d been invited by a special mentor to have lunch but had no idea that the home’s previous owner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, would be in attendance. Nor did I know that it would be the first time Justice O’Connor had seen the home since it was moved. And finally, imagine my delight in being seated next to her for the meal.

Sandra Day O’Connor and the O’Connor House

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  1. “Why did the Democrat cross the aisle?” Wow—the punch line come backs to that question could be astounding… But, I personally not believing in a divide once on the hill where partisanship is concerned, can’t really comment from a political stance… but, my first comedic response would be… “To avoid being pinched by Bill Clinton” — or, Hillary, for that matter. Just Kidding- Maybe.

  2. Sorry for the loss of your friend Tammy xox

  3. What an amazing concept. Part of our great technology is the fact that we no longer sit down and look at each other as we share a meal or a conversation.

  4. Sally

     /  January 31, 2015

    Tammy, I am so sorry for the passing of your very accomplished friend. Lessons learned from so many experiences, shared with many more because of one.
    Food is such a great way to mediate and solve problems and eye contact says so much!!!!

  5. I’m very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your friend, Sue, Tammy. What a tragedy. It sounds like she was an extremely accomplished woman with a lot to offer the world xx

  6. Bob Whittemore

     /  February 3, 2015


    I forwarded your post to a good friend, a Latin America Studies professor at ASU who is going through a rough patch right now. Her response to me this morning:

    “This is a beautiful email. Thanks for making my day.”

    It’s nice to know when other boats are lifted by our wake.


  7. Condolences on the loss of your friend and mentor. What a nice story to be part of.

  8. HI Tammy, I am so sorry that you’ve lost this dear and impactful friend. Savor the memories.


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